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Squirrel Bait Audio CD

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Adored by critics and a small cult following, the seminal Squirrel Bait remain consistently underrated in terms of their influence on post-hardcore punk and alt-rock. A big part of that is due to their unfortunately scant recorded legacy: two albums, both under half an hour, both only sporadically available. Their visibility certainly wasn't helped by the lack of a bustling scene in their ... Read more in Amazon's Squirrel Bait Store

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Who knows what would have happened if Squirrel Bait had remained together after the release of their second (and last) album, Skag Heaven? Perhaps today they'd be recognized by more than the handful of indie-rock junkies who were pleasantly blind-sided by them in the mid-'80s. Fortunately for the rest of you, the band's entire recorded portfolio is available on this one magnificent CD--and it's worth a listen. These five unlikely lads from Louisville, Kentucky, codified what was great and magical about independent record making: true one-hit wonders. Peter Searcy's tortured, strained vocals spew teen angst against a rush of buzzsaw guitars and Ben Daughtrey's incredible drumming. The soaring, incendiary "Sun God" is amazing. --Mike Corrigan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a proto-grunge masterpiece 3 Oct 2006
By Chris Stolz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
John LeLand called it on this one, way back in '84-- "many bands have rolled around on this mat, trying to nail it down. Squirrel Bait renders them all irrrelevant."

This disc-- which also contains their eponymous debut-- is fabulous. Loud, dense punk rock, with complex drumming and enough interesting rhythmic shifts and smart arrangmenets to keep the ear interested. Kurt Cobain idolised these guys, and guitar god Bob Mould once called this his favorite record of the '80s, and it isn't hard to see why. Indeed, in "Rose Island Road," SB have written a youth-is-gone tune as good as Husker Du's "Celebrated Summer," which smartly avoided metal party-rock cliches by acknowledging that one can only celebrate what disappears. Peter Searcy's vocals bridge the yowl of punk and grunge with smart pop sensibility and the lyrics are elliptical and intriguing. The guitar work is masterful and drummer Ben Daughtry is simply sensational here-- fluid, complex, groovy and massively heavy.

Essential punk/grunge/guitar-rock/whatever.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of the curve 18 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply, the best band you've never heard. Aggressive, intelligent rock n' roll with the sub-par recording charm of a true indie record. If you like to expose your friends to bands they don't know, this is a great opportunity. I agree with a previous review in that their first EP is even better than Skag Heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Crucial Album 6 Jan 2009
By mousetrapx1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Don't think of them as a pre-grunge band, or as a pre post-rock, math-rock, or moth-rock band; this was a hardcore album, apparently made by guys who took prideful shame (or shameful pride) in mowing their own lawns...see the sleeve photos. A DIY ethic for American suburbia.

This, Skag Heaven, is an amazing album; much better than the first album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars packs the future of indie rock and the blueprint for post-rock 5 Feb 2006
By Aquarius Records - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm talking about Squirrel Bait: post-punk, pre-math rock, a dense mix of massive hooks, a twin guitar attack and raw vocals which manged to be not punk enough for the hardcore kids but too fast and f--ked up for the indie rockers resulting in Squirrel Bait being, overlooked and TOTALLY UNDERRATED.

The pride of Louisville, Kentucky, these guys were LITERALLY just kids when they started this sonic bombast. A bit thrashy perhaps for power pop purists (boo!), these boys wrote the book on post-hardcore for sure. Good enough (or better than, depending on who you ask) to be as influential SB's second and final release clocks in at under 30 minutes, but even more than their debut, Skag Heaven packs the future of indie rock and the blueprint for post-rock right there in that half hour. This band explodes and offers up song after song dense with strange melodies and furious rocking, delicate arrangements and hooks galore. These guys accomplished more in this half hour than most bands do in their entire careers. They may have been POST hardcore, but the hardcore spirit meant you didn't need a 80 minute double album to say your piece, short and sharp, and pretty darn near perfect. Maybe more twin-guitar buzz this time around, more refined songwriting (without giving up the innovation OR the aggression), some of the best drumming EVER, and vocals that show real angst and depth without devolving into that indie sad boy whine. All this and still not one member legally old enough to purchase alcohol!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Indie Release Ever 3 Aug 1999
By Paul M. Loughman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I hear what passes for "alternative", "grunge" or even "punk rock" these days, I can't help but feel sorry for all the kids just getting into the scene who will never know of the ONLY grunge band worth listening to, Squirrel Bait. After retiring all my old vinyl about 5 years ago, I was dismayed for an additional 3 years to find that neither of Squirrel Bait's LP's were in print in a CD format...until these reissues, of course. Ben Daughtrey is a drummer who can rival Neil Peart for out and out talent and the remaining four kids (because that's what they were) pulled together the two most intense aggressive rock LP's ever recorded. Without question.
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